Darshanas were universal cultural divisions among the mages of the ancient world, regardless of their personal views as reflected in their Cult. An Asian sorcerer would recognize a Greek following the same darshana, as long as they took the time to speak and translate certain metaphysical concepts. The Darshanas came first together in India, but spread rapidly into the West once contact was established through Alexander the Great. While schools of thought that taught nearly the same things flourished everywhere in Greece and Persia, these schools were disorganized from warfare and internal strife among the Sleepers.
From the Darshanas, the future Orders would derive. After examinations of the similarities between the various schools of thought, it was stated that they likely derived from a Time Before’s castes and customs, from which they were associated with Atlantis.
- The school of Wisdom, the Jnanashakti, forerunners of the Mysterium
- The school of the Supreme End, the Samashti, forerunners of the Guardians of the Veil
- The school of the Adamantine Arrow, the Vajrasta, forerunners of the Adamantine Arrow
- The school of the Great Ladder, the Mahanizrayani, forerunners of the Silver Ladder
Mages who refused to take part in the Darshanas were regarded as Ajivaki.